FAIR PLANET PROJECTS

Over 5 years:

Training centres in 3 major climate regions,

More than 1100 Model Farms,

More than 50,000 smallholder farmers' beneficiaries, 

More than 150 Volunteers.

Ethiopia

Three Different locations that cover a wide variety of climates, plant pests, and farming practices

 

Our Solution

The Problem

 

Low Quality Seeds

Local seed varieties are highly susceptible to pests and diseases and the crops have very short shelf life.    

High Quality Seeds

Professional high quality seed varieties are resistant to many pests and diseases, the crops are of high quality and long shelf life, minimizing post-harvest losses

Low crop yields

Average yield of tomato crop produced from local seeds is 7,670 Kg / Ha, about 20% of the yield achieved when using high quality seed varieties.

High crop yields

By using better seeds, local farmers can increase their yield more than 5 times.

Malnutrition & poverty

Daily income for a smallholder farmer is about 1.5$.

Their land is used for subsistence farming,

Climate change and occasional outbreaks of pests, threaten their survival.

Over 7 million people suffer from malnutrition in Ethiopia alone.   

Nutrition & Income

Locally produced vegetables allow farmers to benefit from improved nutrition.

The improved yield and better crop quality increase their profit by 8 times.

From producing high quality vegetables in only one season on a small plot of 1000 square meters, smallholder farmers can generate profits that are higher than the annual household income.  

seeds

High quality seeds are the best means for generating income and exiting the cycle of poverty

yield

Farmers produce 5 times more yield

income

Farmers generate 8 times more profit  

 

Variety trials

We test the productivity and quality of varieties from our partner seed companies in local conditions, using local practices.

 

By using better seeds, local farmers can increase their yield more than 5 times.

Training farmers

We train hundreds of smallholder farmers to improve their productivity using varieties that showed the best performance in local conditions. 

Together with our seed partners, we make sure that their best seeds become accessible to the smallholder farmers in Ethiopia.

  

extension visits

We visit each model farm every week during the production season, providing recommendations and guidance for crop management.

We train local experts to train smallholder farmers on improved farming practices.

We develop crop production manuals for each crop and region, all in local languages. We collaborate with local Universities and the regional Offices of Agricultural in order to scale our reach and increase the project’s impact.

demonstration

We demonstrate improved farming practices such as crop rotation, trellising, fertilization, drip irrigation and more. 

We believe in the potential of the Ethiopian farmers. We help them build their capacity and reach sustainable economic growth.